Thursday, December 3, 2015
Night on Fire
Oh, pleasantly surprised by this one. It is the sping of 1961 in Anniston, Alabama. Billie lives on her side of town with her friends and family. Their maid, Lavender, lives on the other side of town. That's the way it is. But change is in the air. When the Freedom Riders arrive in town and their bus is attacked by an angry mob Billie realizes that the people she has known her whole life are prejudice.She also realizes that it is time to stop watching. It is time to take action.
When Jarmaine, Lavender's daughter, decides to go to Birmingham to see Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Billie goes too.
This was a great look into the time period from the perspective of a white girl who realizes that it is time for a change. A nice blend of the history without too much of the violence. Students interested in more can certainly read the other nonfiction books recently written about the Freedom Riders and other events during the 1960s. I reallyliked this one.